Sickness Allowance

Monday, July 9, 2018, 3:20 a.m. By Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho A medically repatriated seafarer would normally result in depriving him of compensation income due to his inability to perform his sea duties. Away from his family and working on board vessels sailing non-stop for weeks or months the world’s oceans, the Filipino seafarer is

2017: Twenty Second National Seafarers Day

4:41 am Thursday, September 28, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho The Twenty-Second National Seafarers’ Day was celebrated on September 24, 2017, with the theme “MARINONG FILIPINO: NAG-UUGNAY SA MUNDO”. The Manila celebration was held at the Cuneta Astrodome. Former president Fidel V. Ramos earlier issued on July 9, 1996 Proclamation No. 828 declaring August 18

Pre -Employment Medical Examination (PEME) rules

3:05 am Monday, June 19, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho In some instances, seafarers are made to pay the expenses for the  Pre -Employment Medical Examination (PEME) once he failed the exam or his deployment did not push through. POEA rules states  that seafarer  applicant  shall be required  to undergo medical/health examination with a

Sleeping on post while on duty as ground for dismissal

3:12 am Friday, June 16, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Seafaring is a job with an inherently stressful environment.  As the technical and specialized nature of the maritime industry requires constant alertness and intense concentration from its workers, sleeping on post while on duty can be detrimental, which may even lead to a maritime disaster. The Supreme

Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME) and pre-existing illnesses

2:29 am Friday, June 2, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho According to the International Labor Organization (ILO),  the aim of the  Pre -Employment Medical Examination (PEME)  is to ensure that the seafarer being examined is medically fit to perform his or her routine and emergency duties at sea and is not suffering from any medical condition

Cancer and Filipino seafarers

5:08 am Thursday, May 25, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Seafarers are exposed to occupational risk factors, as well as environmental risk factors, as part of their normal everyday activities since they spend a large part of their lives at sea. Most seafarers live and work under extremely hazardous conditions that can cause serious short-term

Drunkenness as ground for dismissal

4:12 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Before a seafarer can be dismissed and discharged from the vessel, it is required that he be given a written notice regarding the charges against him and that he be afforded a formal investigation where he could defend himself personally. It is the duty

Substitution or alteration of POEA contract as illegal recruitment

3:17 am Tuesday, March 21, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho As with all other kinds of worker, the terms and conditions of a seafarer’s employment is governed by the provisions of the contract he signs at the time he is hired. But unlike that of others, deemed written in the seafarer’s contract is a

Sources of Seafarers’ Rights

2:52 am Monday, March 13, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho Know Your Rights! From the ITF website  Seafarers’ right is a complex area since your rights can exist at different levels and they can be overlapping and sometimes conflicting. Therefore if you have a legal problem, you will need to seek advice from your

Liability of Employer and Manning Agency

9:31 pm Sunday, February 12, 2017 By: Atty. Dennis R. Gorecho   What is the liability of the foreign principal and the manning agent for any and all claims arising out of an employer-employee relationship or by virtue of any law or contract involving a seafarer?  It is “joint and several”, according to the case

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